Gareth Bale and Real Madrid had a terrific weekend in La Liga, whilst PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in irrepressible form once again and Bayern Munich went a stunning 19 points clear in Germany
A stunning goal from Gareth Bale was the highlight as Real Madrid brushed aside Elche 3-0 in the Spanish capital – a scoreline which had been called by our own Paul Wilkes.
Bale’s fellow summer signings Asier Illarramendi and Isco scored either side of the Welshman’s stunner, but even better was to come for Carlo Ancelotti’s side as their two title rivals both slipped up.
Lionel Messi scored an equaliser after an own goal from Barcelona’s Alex Song had given Real Sociedad the lead at the Anoeta, only for two goals in five second half minutes from Antoine Griezmann and David Zurutuza to give Sociedad a terrific 3-1 victory.
That gave Atletico Madrid the chance to go top of the table at mid-table Osasuna on Sunday night, but they conceded three first half goals as they slipped to an embarrassing 3-0 defeat, a result which now leaves Real three points clear at the top.
A third hat-trick of the season for Zlatan Ibrahimovic led Paris Saint-German to a 4-2 victory at Toulouse on Sunday, restoring the Parisians’ five-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table.
Ezequiel Lavezzi was also on target for the visitors, whose win was wrapped up when Ibrahimovic followed up his missed penalty to clinch the victory and his treble in the 89th minute.
PSG had gone into the game leading by just two points after Layvin Kurzawa’s 95th minute winner for Monaco in a thrilling 3-2 victory at home to Reims on Friday night, whilst Lille and Lyon played out a goalless draw.
Saturday defeats for the teams second and third in the Bundesliga meant that Bayern Munich could go a staggering 19 points clear with a win on Sunday, and they were never likely to let that chance slip.
Pep Guardiola’s men were 4-0 winners away at Hannover, with Thomas Muller bagging a brace and joined on the scoresheet by Thiago Alcantara and Mario Mandzukic.
Of the losses for the teams in second and third Borussia Dortmund’s was the most damaging, as they went down 3-0 to a revitalized Hamburg side under the tutelage of new manager Mirko Slomka, with Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu scoring a remarkable free-kick.
Following their Champions League humiliation against PSG, Bayer Leverkusen could fare no better at Wolfsburg, where they went down 3-1.
A solitary first-half goal from Carlos Tevez was enough for Juventus to win the Turin derby, with Torino left angered over the non-award of a late penalty when Andrea Pirlo appeared to trip Omar El Kaddouri.
Juve remain nine points clear of second-placed Roma, who won 1-0 at Bologna on Saturday courtesy of a Radja Nainggolan strike, whilst Adel Taarabt was on target as AC Milan ran out impressive 2-0 winners at Sampdoria.
At the bottom, Sassuolo succumbed to a late Paolo Cannavaro own goal as they lost 3-2 at Lazio to stay stuck to the foot of the table.
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